other than age, weight and gender. They do not take into account individual activity level or those who want to add lean muscle while they strip fat. (HINT: if you are a woman over 30 or a man over 45, you WANT to ad muscle whether your goal is to be “slim” , “toned” or “muscular”)
There is nothing particularly wrong with a 1200 calorie food plan for short periods of time as long as your macro nutrients are in the correct balance for optimum nutrition and maximization of TEF.
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FACT: Counting calories leads to failure more often than not and usually leaves people fatter than they were before they started their last “diet”. The majority of the people with whom I’ve worked over my 20 year career as a personal trainer are women who were consuming 1000-1200 calories while they were “dieting” and men taking in 1400 – 1600 calories. They would lose some weight and then gain it all back…… over and over and over.
If you starve yourself, your body slows down your metabolism, burns muscle and stores fat. There are also endocrine and other issues which are the topic of a graphic I am creating at the moment.
If you have done one (or many) low calorie diets, you’ve probably noticed that when you started eating “normally” again after a you gained all of your weight back .. plus a few.
Because your decimated your metabolism and burned muscle for energy. If this is you, you are not alone. Recent statistics put 77 % of Americans in the “overweight” category and over 30% in the “obese” category.